Here's a good one for the blog pessimism
file. ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith
thinks "internet writers" do not have the right to reach a large audience. Smith also thinks bloggers have sabotaged the print media. SportsbyBrooks has excerpted
Smith's blast at bloggers.
Smith first claims to Hoffarth that "internet writers" have no right to reach a large audience (we take it he's actually serious): "And when you look at the internet business, what's dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is ...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts."
The fun continues as Smith tells Hoffarth that bloggers have "sabotaged" the dinosaur print media: "The people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven't been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they've been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever."
Farther off the Wall has a seven-part series
about Stephen Smith's comments. Deadspin writes
that Smith imagines a "utopian society without bloggers." Love Without Nagel does a good job of taking apart Stephen Smith's comments in this post
: "Is Stephen A. Smith flying to Darfur to save the people? No, he is bitching about Isaiah Thomas and Rasheed Wallace. His true professional assets are speaking loudly and ranting about SPORTS. I can do that."